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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Duterte: I want my country to be treated with dignity

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte has reiterated that the Philippines can manage without the aid of its Western allies as he seeks increased ties with Russia and China.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte participated in the second day of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at Yanqi Lake International Convention Center in the northern suburb of Beijing, China on May 15, 2017.  President Duterte was warmly welcomed by People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping in time for the first session of the Leaders' Roundtable which was centered on the theme 'Policy Synergy for Closer Partnership'. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ Manila Bulletin File Photo
This statement came days after Malacañang confirmed that the Philippines will no longer be accepting “grants with conditions” from the European Union (EU), or any (other) country.
In an interview over RT, Russia’s international English-language news channel, President Duterte renewed his tirades against the Philippines’ Western allies for supposedly still treating the country as a colony.
“We are an independent country, we will survive, we will endure, we can go hungry. But this time, I want my country (to be) treated with dignity,” President Duterte said days ahead of his official visit to Russia.
According to the President, he has nothing against America but said that his foreign policy has shifted.
“I have nothing against America, we are perfectly alright. President Trump is my friend. But my foreign policy has shifted from (being) pro-Western,” he said.
“I now have this working alliance with China, and I hope to establish good working relations with Russia,” he explained, adding that the Western world “has this double-talk.”
President Duterte has repeatedly expressed wanting to strengthen the Philippines’ ties with Russia.

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